“The last three [team] matches we’ve played have come down to the last [singles] match,” explained head coach Gregg Patton. “We didn’t win the close match today, but the competition will help prepare us for tough competitions later in the season. We are getting a good education of how to play in rough waters right now.”
Earning an early 1-0 advantage, the Broncos were able to pick up two of three match wins in doubles play. The Broncos’ No. 2 doubles team, Steve Robertson and Clancy Shields, earned a solid 8-5 win over TAMU’s Chris Chirico and Wil Spencer. BSU’s No. 41 ranked Paul Koenke and Eric Roberson won the No. 3 doubles match over Matt Bain and Jerry Makowski, also with an 8-5 score.
The Aggies earned one win in doubles play when Conor Pollock and Austin Krajicek defeated BSU’s Luke Shields and Piotr Dilaj, 8-3.
In singles play, TAMU’s Spencer evened the team score at one-point apiece with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Robertson in the No. 3 singles match. Shortly after, Bain pushed the Aggies ahead with a 2-1 score winning his No. 6 singles match over BSU’s Blake Boswell (6-4, 6-0).
Tying the team score at 2-2, No. 69 ranked Brent Werbeck shut down the Aggies’ No. 90 ranked Chirico, 6-3, 6-0.
The Aggies pulled ahead in the teeter-totter scoring trend when No. 23 Pollock fought through his No. 1 singles match to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 over Bronco Luke Shields.
Forcing the third tie of the day in team scoring, No. 19 ranked Clancy Shields convincingly defeated Makowski, 6-3, 6-3 to bring the team score to 3-3 with one match to go.
In the No. 5 singles match, TAMU’s Krajicek battled through a tight match with Dilaj to seal the team title for the Aggies. In a similar trend to the Broncos’ last two team duals, the deciding match finished with a close 7-5, 7-6 (7) score.
The Broncos will look to rebound from their first loss of the season next weekend when they face
January 27, 2008
No. 1 (23) Conor Pollock (
No. 2 (19) Clancy Shields (
No. 3 Wil Spencer (
No. 4 (69) Brent Werbeck (
No. 5 Austin Krajicek (
No. 6 Matt Bain (
No. 1 Pollock-Krajicek (
No. 2 Robertson-C. Shields (
No. 3 (41) Koenke-Roberson (
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 3, 6, 4, 2, 1, 5*